Lewis Hamilton has been quintessential to Mercedes’ domination over the course of this era. The Brit joined the Silver Arrows back in 2014, and Niki Lauda had an important part in making this partnership possible.
Mercedes have already secured their record-breaking 7th World Championship. Meanwhile, Lewis is on the cusp of equalling the record of most championship wins. In the wake of these developments, James Allison talked about Lewis’ importance to the team on a recent podcast.
He said, “He [Lewis] gives us a weapon that we know if we do a car that is reliable and decently quick, we absolutely know he will get the job done for us.”
Lewis Hamilton has won 5 out of the 6 championships since joining Mercedes. It seems like a perfect match that has led to the longest period of domination. Allison explained that Lewis Hamilton rarely makes a mistake on the grid.
He said, “You’re gonna struggle to find more than one a year and he has been at the extraordinary level of perfection for year after year after year.”
Allison couldn’t help but point out the similarities between Hamilton and Schumacher. “Puts me very much in mind of Michael in his pump. But Lewis is properly integrated in this team the same way Michael was in his Ferrari days.”
Such domination is not possible just because of the car. We see Max Verstappen taking the challenge to Valtteri Bottas almost every weekend. Allison explained that the team measures the car based on Hamilton’s performance.
He said, “We also know if our car isn’t quick enough, it’s not because he is having an off day. He doesn’t have off days, its because we screwed up.”
However, the contract between Hamilton and Mercedes ends this season. Lewis Hamilton has given mixed signals on whether he’ll be joining the grid next season or not.
The Pundits believe that Hamilton will surely be joining Mercedes because he would love to bolster his legacy with a couple more Drivers’ World Championship titles.